- Feb 28, 2010
Recently came across the following quotes in Sean O'Callaghan's book The Informer.
Do people reckon these allegations are the discredited rantings of an informant or do they have a degree of truth in them? The PIRA has often been hailed as non-sectarian but if these claims were true they blow that out of the water."Republicanism traditionally spoke of uniting Catholic Protestant and dissenter under the common name of Irishman, yet the Provisional IRA used a parochial house to induct local men into the IRA. Young largely uneducated lads were brought to the priests house at night to be sworn in. The local priest was more than likely the same priest who heard their confession, whose mass they attended and all the while they knew their priest actively supported the IRA. What kind of effect did this have on them? Could they really be expected to believe their churches denounciation of the IRA was without ambiguity."
"The truth is that I had come to Northern Ireland abysmally ignorant of the realities and yet prepared to kill and bomb. the Provisional IRA was a Catholic defense organization and I wasn't even a practising Catholic!"